Scarlino, Italy (May 31, 2018) - Marina di Scarlino has officially opened its doors and rolled out the red carpet to the 2018 Melges 32 World League, greeting a fleet of fifteen highly-competitive teams. Starting Friday, June 1 and concluding on Sunday, June 3, racing will take place for the European Division's second appointment on the 2018 circuit.
There are no light-weight competitors in Scarlino, in fact there is nothing less than big presence from Forio d'Ischia Champion (and current Melges 32 World League ranking leader) Vincenzo Onorato and his MASCALZONE LATINO team with Paul Goodison as tactician, reigning World Champion Pavel Kuznetsov aboard TAVATUY and tactician Evgeny Neugodnikov, 2017 European Champions Edoardo Pavesio and Massimo Pessina's TORPYONE with Lorenzo Bressani calling tactics, and 2017 Melges 32 World League Champion Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio's G-SPOT assisted by tactician Michele Ivaldi.
This is just a short list of those expected to do well in Scarlino. It is anticipated that the Melges 32 fleet will leave spectators and race fans alike captivated with the promise of a great show of technical and physical capability at one of Europe's most dynamic and complex yacht racing venues.
The all-amatuer Corinthian Division will pick-up where it left off in Forio d'Ischia. A steady rivalry between two top Italian teams (Martin Rientjes' CAIPIRINHA and Manfredo Toninelli's T.ONE), and two high-powered German efforts (Jens Kuehne's SJAAMBOK and Forio Champion Kilian Holzapfel on HOMANIT) will ensue.
The Melges World League is supported by Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, North Sails, Toremar, Lavazza, and Melges Europe in collaboration with Club Nautico Scarlino, Rigoni di Asiago, Resort Baia Scarlino and Scarlino Yacht Service.
Melges World League has signed and adopts the code of ethics of the Charta Smerarlda strongly promoting the values of One Ocean Foundation.